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Faces of Kiwiburn: from participant to volunteer

Hana Tuwhare shares her experiences of becoming involved with Kiwiburn: "I first heard about this Burning Man thing while I was in high school from a family friend named Kiwi. He never ceased to rant and rave about it. By the time I left high school, he had...

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Camping in the Forest

  Each Kiwiburn, many things happen which we learn from to improve the overall experience. This year we had a Serious Harm Incident where a participant was badly injured when part of a tree landed on her, leading to an investigation. Kiwiburn has been working...

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Introducing the new central hub of Kiwiburn: The Village!

Introducing the new central hub of Kiwiburn: The Village!

Located in the upper paddock, The Village is designed to be a vibrant cultural and informational hub. In this space you will find the The Depot (info and ice sales), The Artery and the new and improved Centre Camp. This hub is also a space for art, music, lounging,...

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Health and Safety on the Paddock

Health and Safety on the Paddock

Going to a burn is kind of like camping… well, like camping if you take “tents, no electricity, and lying around” and you add “flamethrowers, twerking competitions, all night dancing and 5am yoga sessions”. See? Just like camping. And just like camping, a little bit...

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What do we mean by exodus… and collexodus?

What do we mean by exodus… and collexodus?

Leaving home can be hard to do. After five days of radical self-everything it's time to pack up and prepare for the exodus from Kiwiburn. Here's Nicola's handy run-down to make sure you are prepared.   While most of us spend our year thinking about what we’re...

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Kids at Kiwiburn!

Kids at Kiwiburn!

People often ask what it's like to bring kids to Kiwiburn. Kids tend to love Kiwiburn. They have a lot of fun. There is so much to do and see! However they do require more care than older people, so if you are thinking about bringing your kids to Kiwiburn, it pays to...

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The Temple In A Heartbeat

The Temple In A Heartbeat

The Temple is one of the things that makes burns different from other festivals. It belongs to no religion, yet it is spiritual; it is a place for emotion, for release, for grief, for letting go... it is a sacred space. Sometimes people get too carried away with their...

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How we use the Ten Principles

How we use the Ten Principles

We recently stumbled upon this great write-up about how different people relate to and enact the 10 principles at Burning Seed, our Australian sister burn.  This was originally posted on Philosophy of Burning, by Wonka.   Recently, I’ve surveyed many members of the...

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What’s it like to plan and build the effigy?

What’s it like to plan and build the effigy?

Have you ever thought of building the Kiwiburn Effigy? Find out what the experience is like from Nico Skyfister who brought us the 2015 Papatuanuku Woman Effigy. Planning and building the effigy was one of the most challenging and exhilarating experiences I have ever...

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Processing the Temple of Wyrd

Processing the Temple of Wyrd

Have you ever wondered how the Temple and Effigy even exist at all? Who designs them? Who builds them? Who decides? What are they... even? Rohana Weaver was the successful applicant for Kiwiburn 2015's Temple design. She put together a team and led the build to make...

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